1. India.Arie Defends Chrisette Michele's Inaugural Performance

    January 27, 2017 4:19 AM EST 0 0 0 India.Arie is defending Chrisette Michele's decision to sing at an inaugural ball for President Donald Trump. Arie says in an open letter posted on TwitLonger on Wednesday that she "never" would have performed at the ceremony herself. ...

  2. Spike Lee Won't Use Chrisette Michele Song in Next Project Because of Her Trump Inauguration Performance

    January 19, 2017 3:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Spike Lee says he won't be using Chrisette Michele 's music in an upcoming project because of her decision to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Michele seemed to allude to the controversy Thursday on her blog , w ...

  3. Original 'Hamilton' Star Anthony Ramos on His Final Bow, Performing Post-Election & Working With Spike Lee

    November 23, 2016 12:36 PM EST 0 0 4 One of the smash show’s last original cast members reflects on its epic run. On Sunday (Nov. 20), actor Anthony Ramos wrapped his epic run in the smash Broadway show and Lin Manuel-Miranda's cultural juggernaut Hamilton . Since auditioning when ...

  4. Spike Lee Debuts New 'Brave' Music Video and Discusses the Song That Gives Him Post-Election Comfort

    November 17, 2016 1:13 PM EST 0 0 0 While one famous New Yorker holed up in his midtown tower for the night, another one was celebrating his new film just blocks away. Filmmaker Spike Lee held court at last night’s (Nov. 16) opening of a new Moncler boutique on Madison Avenue, debutin ...

  5. Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' Dies at 62

    September 24, 2016 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spike Lee paid tribute to the actor on his social media accounts, writing, "Radio Raheem is now resting in power." Bill Nunn, best known for playing Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's  Do the Right Thing , has died. He was 62. Lee shared the ...

  6. Spike Lee Throws Dance Party Ahead of Prince's Birthday

    June 04, 2016 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The dress code was purple, getting down was a requirement and plenty of people obliged as Prince was celebrated at a Spike Lee party ahead of what would have been the late legend's 58th birthday. Prince Died of Opioid Overdose, Tests Show Lee, ...

  7. Are More Michael Jackson Movies on the Way?

    January 25, 2016 8:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Are you ready for more Michael Jackson movies? At the Jan. 24 premiere of the Showtime documentary  Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall  at the Sundance Film Festival -- attended by director Spike Lee, Questlove and Glassnotes Reco ...

  8. 'Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall': Sundance Review

    January 24, 2016 6:14 PM EST Spike Lee contextualizes the landmark 1979 album that cemented Jackson's status as a superstar solo artist and propelled him on to an even bigger breakthrough with 'Thriller.' The first bars of "Don't Stop 'Til You G ...

  9. Quincy Jones on Oscars Diversity: 'You Can Boycott or You Can Fix It'

    January 20, 2016 10:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Quincy Jones , appearing alongside Norman Lear at NATPE 2016 on Wednesday afternoon, says that he's been asked to present at the 2016 Academy Awards — but that he's only doing it on one condition. The 82-year-old music icon wants to talk a ...

  10. Oscar Voters Discuss 'Straight Outta Compton' Snub: 'My Bet is Most Academy Members Didn't See It'

    January 20, 2016 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 All eyes are on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the Oscar nominations were announced last week, causing an online frenzy over the list's lack of black talent and spawning the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Among the most notable ...

  11. Spike Lee Refuses to Attend Oscars Due to All-White Acting Nominees

    January 18, 2016 12:06 PM EST 2.202 k 0 65 Spike Lee is refusing to attend this year's Oscars due to the fact that for the second year in a row, all of the acting nominees are white. 'Straight Outta Compton' Producer Calls Oscar Noms 'Embarrassing' The filmmak ...

  12. Wiz Khalifa, Cage the Elephant and More Hit Sundance's Must-See (and Hear) Music Events

    January 15, 2016 9:49 AM EST 0 0 0 More than 50,000 people will descend on Park City, Utah, for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 21-31. Movies are the main draw, but music is everywhere too MUST-SEE MOVIE Music docs will make a splash: Aside from Spike Lee's Michael Jackson& ...

  13. The Weeknd, David Byrne, Questlove Appear in Trailer for Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc: Watch

    January 13, 2016 10:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary will be out next month, paired with the reissue of Jackson's Off the Wall , and The Weeknd , David Byrne and Questlove of the Roots all appear in the first trailer.  Michael Jackson 'Off the ...

  14. Watch Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' Trailer Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Hudson

    November 04, 2015 9:55 AM EST 0 0 0 A month before its premiere in theaters, Spike Lee’s latest film Chiraq has its first trailer. The film’s plot is roughly founded in Aristophane’s Greek comedy Lysistrata in which the character Lysistrata, performed by Teyonah Parris, convinces the ...

  15. Terence Blanchard on Ferguson vs. Waco, Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' & His New Album 'Breathless'

    May 27, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard  could rest on his laurels with five Grammy Awards, a broad solo discography that spans 20 years, and film scoring credits that range from Love & Basketball to Spike Lee's Mo' Betta Blues . ...

  16. Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast of Spike Lee's Chicago Musical 'Chiraq'

    May 12, 2015 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Hudson is set to join the ensemble cast of Spike Lee's upcoming film Chiraq , according to Screen Daily . Also slated to appear is fellow Illinois natives  Common  and John Cusack, as well as Jeremy Piven and Samuel L. Jackson. Despite ...

  17. Jack White's Acting Plans, Dave Grohl's Drumming Tips and More Insider Scoop

    May 11, 2015 1:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jack White's Next Act On April 26,  Jack White  performed what his PR firm called "his final live performance...for the foreseeable future." So, what will he do next? According to one insider, White's plans include focusing on hi ...

  18. Spike Lee on Finding '12 Gems' From Unsigned Artists for His Kickstarter-Funded Film

    January 15, 2015 6:48 PM EST The director had fans submit potential songs for 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' soundtrack. From Radio Raheem pumping "Fight the Power" in Do the Right Thing to the "Baba O'Riley" montage in Summer of Sam to New Orlea ...

  19. Govales, 'Doors To Nowhere': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 14, 2015 12:16 PM EST The Brooklyn-based artist Govales is at ease in multiple worlds -- music and film, R&B and rock.  Govales proves so on his new song "Doors To Nowhere," premiered on Billboard. The song is from his forthcoming album Lovetron, and a ...

  20. Public Enemy Gets Deluxe Reissues of 'It Takes A Nation' & 'Fear Of A Black Planet'

    October 30, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Def Jam is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations with plans to reissue Public Enemy 's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their follow up Fear of a Black Planet in multi disc deluxe sets. The reis ...

  21. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all mad ...

  22. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKins ...

  23. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that w ...

  24. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that wil ...

  25. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger ...

  26. Pepsi Launches Label With Caroline, Releasing Soccer Album With Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland

    May 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo ...

  27. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elb ...

  28. Eminem Releases Touching Spike Lee-Directed ‘Headlights’ Video on Mother’s Day: Watch

    May 11, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Eminem celebrated Mother’s Day on May 11 with the release of his heartfelt new Spike Lee-directed music video for “Headlights,” in which he apologizes to his mom for negatively referencing her in his past music. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Toget ...

  29. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Together In Detroit On 'Headlights' Music Video

    April 06, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Eminem has revealed that he'll be working with legendary film director Spike Lee on a new music video. On Saturday (April 5), the Detroit rapper tweeted , "Spike came out to The D for the 'Headlights' video... Coming soon." ...

  30. Spike Lee in Early Talks to Direct Neil Bogart Biopic 'Spinning Gold'

    October 30, 2013 8:18 PM EDT Spike Lee is being courted to direct Neil Bogart biopic "Spinning Gold," and is in early talks to take on the gig. The Foresight Unlimited project stars Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with th ...

  31. Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks 'Bad25'

    November 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "Bad25" that Siedah Garrett - co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - ...

  32. The Beat 10/24: Black Keys Top Hot Tours, Beyonce & Jay-Z Can't Trademark 'Blue Ivy'

    October 24, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Wednesday, October 24 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In ...

  33. Spike Lee Debuts Michael Jackson Documentary 'BAD25' Trailer: Watch

    October 18, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Thanksgiving, fans will get a peek into the making of one of Michael Jackson 's classic albums, "Bad." In celebration of the full-length's 25th anniversary, ABC will premiere Spike Lee's documentary, "Michael Jackson ...

  34. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  35. How Beats By Dre Got Their Headphones On Olympians' Ears (Despite Violating IOC Policy)

    July 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT In just a matter of days, Beats By Dre headphones have become one of the most visible - and controversial - brands at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes like British tennis player Laura Robson and soccer player Jack Butland tweeted their love ...

  36. Spike Lee Prepping Michael Jackson 'Bad' Documentary

    July 10, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's "Bad" album. Lee calls it a "treasure ...

  37. Spike Lee Preparing Michael Jackson Documentary to Coincide With 'Bad' 25th Anniversary

    July 10, 2012 2:02 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's Bad album. Lee calls it a "t ...

  38. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  39. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  40. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  41. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  42. Backbeat: Hill Country Hosts Chip Taylor Who Says 'F**k All The Perfect People'

    March 23, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Chip Taylor, right, poses with Hill Country Live director Lincoln Schofield at Taylor's performance Thursday night. (Photo: Thom Duffy) At Hill Country Barbeque Market , the down-home eatery, and the showcase club Hill Country Live, in Manhat ...

  43. Darren Aronofsky to Direct Lou Reed, Metallica Video

    November 03, 2011 7:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Award-winning director Darren Aronofsky will direct a music video from the new Metallica and Lou Reed album, "Lulu." Best-known for his Oscar-nominated films "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler," Aronofsky will produce a vid ...

  44. Duran Duran Taps David Lynch to Direct 'Unstaged' Live Streamed Concert

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The members of Duran Duran aren't expecting dancing dwarves and talking rabbits to be part of their upcoming David Lynch -directed episode of American Express' "Unstaged" concert series. But they won't mind if they are -- or ...

  45. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST 0 0 0 With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and workin ...

  46. Blake Griffin Slam Dunks Over Car to R. Kelly's 'Fly'

    February 20, 2011 12:57 PM EST 0 0 0 If you missed the NBA's 2011 Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night (Feb. 19), then you missed All-Star rookie and Blake Griffin dukning over a car (a Kia, for all you product placement-watchdogs out there), to the sounds of a gospel choir singing R. ...

  47. BACKBEAT: John Legend, The Roots' ?uestlove and Spike Lee At Billboard Live! Panel During 2010 Advertising Week

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising Week 2010 Kicked off in NYC on September 27 and Billboard was there to present Billboard Live! which hosted Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots, John Legend , director Spike Lee , American Express’ Courtney Kelso and Momentum’s J ...

  48. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, the Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots . The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first wa ...

  49. POTW: Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye, Gwen Stefani

    September 03, 2010 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bieber and Usher huddled backstage, Rihanna kissed her wax-self, Kanye watched the US Open, Gwen Stefani froliced on the beach with Zuma, Snoop Dogg and Spike Lee celebrated Michael Jackson, Fergie and Slash raged on-stage, the cast of Glee performe ...

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